Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Leisure Times: The New Waynesboro Generals Team

Pictured here are the new Waynesboro Generals ownership and management team plus friends and family being welcomed at a ribbon cutting ceremony by the Greater Augusta Regional Chamber of Commerce at Kate Collins Field this evening. Find out more by visiting the Waynesboro General's new website.

An airbrush-on-canvas portrait of an equestrian statue of General "Mad Anthony" Wayne is displayed at the event. Once finishing touches are applied, the artwork will go on display.
The latest Waynesboro General's cap insignia seen here on new General Manager Chris Graham's hat. Read his excellent article about the resurgence of interest and new visions for the Waynesboro Generals here at the Augusta Free Press.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Rivers, Roads, Rails, & Wings: Waynesboro Riverfest 2009

A baby Rock Bass freshly borrowed from the South River and on display in the Riverfest tent. The staff environmentalists will return him to his home at the end of the day. Riverfest event is held annually in Constitution Park, on the land beside South River where the old Gardner's Mill used to stand.
A female crayfish, with her tail curled under to protect her egg mass, approaches a baby Rock Bass to nip at his tail. She was unsuccessful.
The "Stream Safari" offers kids a chance to wade into the river and investigate different life forms under the watchful, instructive eye of environmental experts.
A small replica of a Native American bark house sits next to a monitor connected to underwater cameras reveal the life under the surface of the South River.

Held on April 25, 2009 to celebrate the interdependence of the South River and the city and to promote “environmental conservation and watershed stewardship in the Shenandoah River basin,” Riverfest features exhibits, an art competition, music, canoeing, and a “stream safari.”

Thursday, April 23, 2009

The Mountain-Valley Connection: Waynesboro as Theater

"Shenandoah Moon" an original play staged by the Waynesboro Players and directed by Sandi Belcher, just finished a triumphant five-day run to packed houses from April 16-19 at Waynesboro High School’s Spilman Auditorium. This play, written by Waynesboro authors Duane Hahn, Barbara Spilman Lawson and Elizabeth Massie, and with wonderful original music by Richard Adams takes place in the 1930's depression era Waynesboro as well as the valleys, hills and mountains that eventually were transformed into the Shenandoah National Park, the Blue Ridge Parkway and Skyline Drive.

Few people today realize the ties, both social and economic, that the Blue Ridge inhabitants shared with the citizens of Waynesboro and the surrounding communities, counties and towns. This musical told some of those complex stories peppered with rich depictions of the time and with questions asked about the decisions made by the federal and state governments when the Shenandoah National Park was created by taking land, homes and livelihoods from the families living on that land.

Though the play is over, the novelization by Duane Hahn based on the script can be ordered here:

...and wonderful coverage of the event by Theresa Curry is at the Waynesboro News Virginian here:

Monday, April 20, 2009


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